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Households are considered to be below the UK poverty line if their income is 60% below the median household income after housing costs for that year. Households in destitution are defined by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as those who have to go without two or more essentials in the past month because they couldn’t afford them, or if their income is extremely low (less than £70 a week for a single adult). Essentials are defined as having a home, food, heating, lighting clothing, shoes and basic toiletries.

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